130 people gathered for the 3rd True Family Award Celebration in
The splendid idea for this successful project was imported from
After beautiful songs by the “Vienna Peace Choir” Peace Ambassador Mrs. Zena Eggough offered an opening prayer. Rev. Peter Zoehrer explained about the history and meaning of the “True Family Award”. He was followed by MP Mr. Nachtmann who spoke on “State responsibility for supporting the Family”. The main speech was given by Mr. Heinz Krcek who had just finished translating Rev. Joong Hyun Pak’s and Andrew Wilson’s book “True Family Values” into German. He shared some of his insights regarding the profound message of the book.
“The family centred on ethical and religious values provides the best preparation for the social responsibilities which young people face in their lives. If they respect and keep the values which their parents and grandparents have lived by they gain strength and stability in building their own families and societies.” This is a quote from the preface of the future German edition of the book, written by a well-known Jewish scholar.
One highlight before the Award Ceremony was the presentation of the “Aid
Project for Indian Girls”: DDr. Rita Wiesinger,
an Ambassador for Peace, explained that through this Charity project young
The “True Family Award” was given to seven distinguished families of international background: the leading couple of the Pakistan community in Vienna, the highest spiritual leader of the Alevits, the MP who had given the speech, an Austrian couple with eight children, a Nigerian couple who are assistant pastors of a very popular & multi-cultural Christian Church in Vienna, a Slovenian couple and a Unificationist couple, Prof. Dr. Dietrich & Elisabeth Seidel, who have been helping many families through their “Marriage Enrichment Seminars”.
The program was lifted up by beautiful classical music for violin and piano as well as a Russian singer and a young ladies’ Singing Quartet.
At the festive buffet after the program the guests felt free to share
their impressions and to build friendships thus strengthening our Unification
Report by Elisabeth Cook & Peter Zoehrer